Thursday

One Dollar

On one freezing morning, Thanks Giving Day, Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA. There but for the grace of God..... Good luck ma man....

Friday

Hey...Boy....



Hey...Boy...., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Hey Boy….

I’m takinoyou….

Me?

Whachu jus do….

Excuse me?

You jus took ma picture boy….

Ahhh….

You jus took ma picture…..

Ahhhh… emm….

Spititout boy….. don be actin no surpriiiize boy

Well….

You wan me to kickyo ass….speakup boy….

Well… I just might have….

Am Gonna kickyo ass with ma stick boy…..

Yes I think I did take your picture……

O’rite then boy….jus waaned to know…..

Street Photography and Other Stories......

Wednesday

Street Photography



originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

it's only 10pm, USA, Warm summer's night, the days are of the sort that some people use umbrellas to walk under shade, the homeless are in bed by now, in this case, one on the left and one on the right, one with an umbrella already in place to DELAY dawn! each with their own space, side wall of a Church on a corner of Two very busy street both at night and during the day, I cant remember how many times I have seen this very location now, may be four times, four nights, this is the first time i see the umbrella, two other people, homeless, sleep by the front door, during early evening before the homeless arrive, buskers play on for a few buck right at the front, there are, at least, two dozen restaurants within 5 minutes walk of this very spot, some you have to stay in line for 20 minutes or so, filet stakes, Red wine, Deserts and Seductions. There are Art galleries within 3 minutes walk where Photographs, paintings, sculptures sell for over a average man's annual salary, there are apartments for $5 Million less than two minutes walk, Armani, Gucci and the rest of them within an arms reach of the same spot, people promenade before and after dinner, and I......must take my picture!!!!

Saturday

Where The Hell.....


Where The Hell....., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Where the hell are you?

Home? Been waiting outside Joe's for an hour.

What Do you mean you NOT coming?

Why the hell Not?

what?
I don't believe this shit I'm hearing!!

I'm not swearing.

No I'm not.
Who the fuck is he?

I'm Not swearing, who is he?

who is he?

I bet I do! tell me...

Martin?Martin? That Fucking Jerk?

Yes he is!

Yes he is. Everyone knows he's a Jerk!

Now Listen....

Hang on a sec, when did I....

That was NOT my fucking fault....

I'm not paranoid....

No I'm not.

I'm Not Fucking Paranoid...

You Bitch...I'm not Paranoid...

(CLICK)

Hey...Did you just take my picture?

No I didnt?

Hold on a second, someone Just took my picture...
You Just took my picture?

No I didnt, I take pictures of street lamps at night!!!

You just took my picture....

Dont be paranoid.

I'm NOT FUCKING PARANOID

Hello....Hello...Hello.... She Hung up....

Jesus and Street Photography


Hey Bro, Ya comin to Church?
I Might!
Ya Might?
I'm Thinkin bout it.
What ya thinkn bout?
Comin To Church!
Don be a smart ass...Ya comin?
I might!

Ya Believe?
I'm a man of God.
A man of God? well, Church is the house of God, So ya comin right?
Got a house of God in ma head.
It aint the same?
How doya know?
it aint!

ma man.....


Street Photography & other stories.....

Monday

Hey Man...



Hey Man..., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Hey man, You want some weed? Bush? Ganja?

No Thanks.

How about some Yellow dust, needles, silver paper?

No Thank You.

Opium? Crack? Speed? Blue Bill? name it... I have it all, Top stuff... Blows your mind... You want some??

No Thanks.

Give you a good price!

I said No thanks.

Ok..Ok...Don't loose you cool...! You want some action?

Action??

You know, you want a floozie?

What's a Floozie?

Come on man...Don't be shy... You know... The Women of undesirable reputation?? Professional Harlots? Bitches? Sluts? Kinks?

Oh... No thanks.

No? BJ's? S&M? Any thing goes kind of Women? AG? TV? ACDC? FF? O's? you name it, you want some?

No Thanks! NO

You want another man?

NO...

Take it easy man! you look like you could do with some relaxing!! Got real beauties... I say...BEAUTIIIIEEEESSS..

I said No, NO is No.

Ok..Ok.. You want some fireworks?

Fireworks??

Yeah man....a Gun? Some amo? hand grenades? rocker launchers? Tanks? Suicide bummers? Knives? AK's? explosives? any fire...

Stop...!! Are you mad? what is it with you?? No, don't want any of that!!!

You want to arrange to kill someone? blow them out? you know... make dead meat? assassinate some guy or women you don't like?

No.

Kidnap anyone for you? got all the connection? the top men...

Look, I don't want any of that!

Then what the Fuck DO YOU WANT???
WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU WANT??

I just want a shave and a pair of eyes!!!

Hey Man...


Hey Man..., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Hey man, You want some weed? Bush? Ganja?

No Thanks.

How about some Yellow dust, needles, silver paper?

No Thank You.

Opium? Crack? Speed? Blue Bill? name it... I have it all, Top stuff... Blows your mind... You want some??

No Thanks.

Give you a good price!

I said No thanks.

Ok..Ok...Don't loose you cool...! You want some action?

Action??

You know, you want a floozie?

What's a Floozie?

Come on man...Don't be shy... You know... The Women of undesirable reputation?? Professional Harlots? Bitches? Sluts? Kinks?

Oh... No thanks.

No? BJ's? S&M? Any thing goes kind of Women? AG? TV? ACDC? FF? O's? you name it, you want some?

No Thanks! NO

You want another man?

NO...

Take it easy man! you look like you could do with some relaxing!! Got real beauties... I say...BEAUTIIIIEEEESSS..

I said No, NO is No.

Ok..Ok.. You want some fireworks?

Fireworks??

Yeah man....a Gun? Some amo? hand grenades? rocker launchers? Tanks? Suicide bummers? Knives? AK's? explosives? any fire...

Stop...!! Are you mad? what is it with you?? No, don't want any of that!!!

You want to arrange to kill someone? blow them out? you know... make dead meat? assassinate some guy or women you don't like?

No.

Kidnap anyone for you? got all the connection? the top men...

Look, I don't want any of that!

Then what the Fuck DO YOU WANT???
WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU WANT??

I just want a shave and a pair of eyes!!!

Saturday

Traffic Wardens, Traffic Officers, Transport Officers



Stop! Stop! What are you doing!!??
Ticketing you.
Stop please?
No! I have started , so I have to finish!
Just stop please?
I cant Stop!!
Just coming out if the post office, Of course you can stop!
No I cant!!!
Oh come on!! You cant ticket me for that!!
Oh yes I can! (said with a grin), Look how you have parked!!!
One tire on the double yellow lines that’s all!!
Its still ONE tire OFF limits!
One Tire for God sake!!!
You have all that space in front of you and you had to park
with ONE tire on the yellow lines?
When I got here, there was a car parked in front of me, the idiot parked right in the middle and didn’t leave enough room for the second car, so ONE tire remained on the yellow lines!!! Now he’s gone and looks like I had all the space.
I’m still ticketing you!
You cant be fucking serious?
Don’t swear!
What? You’ll ticket me for fucking swearing too!!
(Silence)
Look Mr Traffic Warden, Your own driver had parked on Double yellow lines,ILLEGALY, So that you could just jump pout and ticket me!! Ticket your own driver too!!
(He Stuck the ticket on the wind screen),
You fucking lot are all the same.
What do you mean?
You guys must be a special breed to do what you do!
No wonder everyone hates you people?
I don’t have to listen to this.
Yes you fucking do!!!
You’re just a bunch of senseless zombies!!!
We’re not Zombies, Just doing a job!
A fucking JOB?? Worse than a McJob.
Not Zombies!!
What’s your name??
I’m Number 567876!!
Oh I see, you’re not a Zombie but a Fucking Robot with a number??
I’m not a Robot!
Oh NO, The what your name them?? Even Robots and Zombies have names!!
Look…..
Oh No You look…. You Fucking Robotic Zombie….
You really didn’t have to do that do you!!

You guys wouldn’t even have mercy on your own mothers!!
That’s even if you HAD a fucking mother!!!

No need for that!!

Did anyone give you a hug when you were a child?

Did any fucker buy you an Ice cream when you were crying for one?

Did you ever had a Fucking teddy bear, you Zombie?

I could take your picture?

Oh Yeah!!?? Well, lets fucking take some pictures then……Bang!!!
PS: All the above is a work of reality fiction, all the conversation above didnt did take place, do not try this at home, Nothing in the above fiction is meant to be anything other than reality or to insult anyone other than no one else and certainly not the people who didnt have have the did conversation above. no pizza for you. whatever happened to all ths fun in the world!!!???

Good Bush! Street Photography


Good Bush, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

I Saw a Street performer in Boston a few weeks ago, Harvard Sq. It was a sunny day! He had his props and was humming away in a mike which you could hardly hear. He had a Bowl for collecting money with a flag wrapped around it. He was humming away so quietly that you could hardly hear. As you might be able to imagine, Harvard Square was rather noisy. People sitting in the sun, on the pavement, on the street cafes drinking coffee, having lunch, walking the dog and buying Harvard T's. You has to cut all the noise out of your head and listen very carefully to what he was humming! It was almost as if he really didnt care if no one heard it as long as he kept his own melody going. I guess, some people wouldn't even realize that he was a street performer! Even I, am not now sure if he was! He struck me more like a quiet, Hippie type of opted out clever character who was projecting an attitude of.... I do what I do and I don't give a fuck anymore coz no one really does....But I could be wrong. I'm not in his shoes. The humming was actually very soothing to hear, I repetitive. It suited it to be repetitive. It had its own melancholy melody. It did make you feel Sad. Thoughtful even. I walked around him for a while, but he took no notice of me. He was behind one of his tall props humming into an old
looking small mike. And he would move the lips of this large prop which looked like a human head. The lips didnt move too well, or may be they stings didn't control the lips too well. One of the props had a Slogan on it: NOT ALL BUSH IS GOOD BUSH!!! A clever message, isn't it? The humming was: Where have all the soldiers gone? Where....have all the soldiers gone?.....Where have all the soldiers gone? Street Songs, Street Messages, Street Photography, Street Encounters, Street Photography, Where have all the soldiers gone.......

So, I guess I'll Just make a phone call...

I'm sweating.
Blazing sun all day.
Even now at sun set.
AhH...My back.
She's always criticizing me.
I'm gonna be a little late.
My knee.
Need to get some new cheap shades for days like this.
It wont be long now.
Jacko was right about the bitch.
Always wondered what happened to my diary.
We don't ever want to slow down.
The Fucking Flirt.
Did I tell..... Did I?....Did I tell Milly!??
I don't remember.
Jacko was right!
The Fucking bitch.
Oh...My back.
Did he just take my picture?
I should have killed the Bitch when I had the chance.
Jacko was right.
Its just like my shadow on the wall.He......did, take my picture!
I should have Killed....
So, I guess I'll just make a phone call...

Tuesday

Catalonia


Catalonia, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

From Young to Old, From Muhammad to Christ, From A Local to a Tourist, From open to the covered, And from across the street!!! and all in front of no 13!!!

Friday

Street Fashion Shoot (world Population Series 9,678,876 th Person)

Hat: Blue Angora with 22 Carat Yellow Gold Embossed Swan and Platinum band around the hat with Bullet proof silk lining and inner thermal and bio thermal air conditioning available in 89 colors, by MonteSarce $989,000. Platinum High Shine Taxi Whistle with 2Ct Diamond innder whistle ball and Royal Blue Ribon imported from MoolahLand by Gumogucci $1,126,000. Winter Coat in Blue All Weather Thermo Therpsical Ejectomenta Fibre Twist with Air Conditioning by YSLooLoo $2,823,000. 54Ct Diamond encrusted Saphire face submarine space watch (not seen) with Platinum inflicted Tatanium Sudo Mayo Bond Xonty strap by Rolando Polandi $52,300,000 and 6Cents. (10% discount for two). Black Angora Dora couture Anti Fatigue pants by Pauline Smith Arminio $9,645,000. Black Tinto Romano Blastino Monino Blapunte' Duninio Zapatini courture shoes by Marc ChooChoo Cohen and Kaan $18,982,000 . Location: Park Plaza Boston. Model: Ma Man Jack...PRICELESS. Thank you jack. I'd like to thank my assistances: Lisa,Joe, Jane "I'm So Horny" Blitz, Cape, Cod, Franklin, Sue "lets Pump" Diva, MooMoo, Deevahen, Ozgal, Chi Chi La punk, Doreen "Topless" Load, Lala, Steve, Lisa2, Norman Pump a loaf, Doodoo, and Potato headed "surpeise" Bob, Lulu "baby baby baby" Jones, Lucy " I love honey on it" Jackson, John "get this" Smith, and HIM. Stylist: The Retro Fashion District of Mass in Full force and Baby Doll " lets Rip" Forever design agency and once again Thank You JACK.

Street Photography by Street Photographer

Thursday

Later that night....


Later that night...., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Later that night I went to the bar that I knew she was supposed to be. I didn't go in and waited outside. A cold night. I sat on the doorway of a closed shop and waited patiently. At about 10.15 a bike rider arrived and only after the helmet was taken off, I realized it was her. It was dark and far across the street but I could still tell it was her. I could recognize her almost anywhere. The unmistakable hair, height, build and....... She took a good slow look around as she lit a cigarette. Still Fucking Smoking I thought! For a fraction of a second I thought that she'd seen me but she didn't. Took a long draw of tobacco and went it. Less than 2 minutes later I heard the screams....so stomach ripping.....unbearable....less than 30 second later, a man on fire was catapulted out of the doors on to the street....followed by the sound of Two gun shots coming from the inside....it echoed.... soon after Two other men came out....She followed out...Lit another Cigarette and run her fingers through her hair. it was chaos yet they all looked so calm. there was almost nothing left of the man who was on fire....the man who was shot.... I think was dead!!! A passing Police car stopped and two policemen with their guns in hand rushed out....She walked to them and whispered something in the ear of the taller of the two. Before she was finished, they put their hand guns back into the holsters. They then, without saying a single word, got back into the car and drove off. A women who had heard the cacophony and was looking thought her first floor open window, shut the window and pulled the window blind down. Another car arrived and two men put the other two in the back of the car, nodded to her, got in the car themselves and the driver drove off. She stood there. All of this in less than 4 minutes. As if nothing had ever happened. She threw the Cigarette on the ground and with her left foot stood on it, twisted her foot to the left and right and extinguished it. She then started to walk across the street towards me. I then realized that she HAD seen me when she first arrive. How foolish to think otherwise. She still had a gun in her left hand. She unzipped her leather jacket and put it back in the holster and zipped up again. I stood up and took my hand out of my pocket. Closer and Closer. She came and stood so close that I could smell her perfume. So close....So close.... I just smiled and said: You hungry?.....Chinese, she replied with a smile.......Lets Go......

Wednesday

World Population Series 678,988

This is one of those portraits that not even one word was exchanged...well, just TWO words at the end...Thanks You....I saw this gentleman outside the train station....seeked permission to take his photograph by gesticulation, he agreed by moving his indicating a YES, I took two shots, Showed him one, thanked and we parted.....I for one...Loved his expression....No idea what his name is or hwere he was comming from or where he was going to....and thats one more shot...

Friday

Thursday

Topless 1


Topless 1, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Walking around in Amsterdam on a Feb cold but suuny day. The afternoon was a little warmer that the morning. We noticed thsi man in one of teh squares sitting on a rail sunbathing and a milliom miles away. I think everyone noticed him and not just us. Everyone had a smile as they saw him. I took the fist shot and he didnt even look up, so I took another as he started to pick his nose and the another from the back and as I walked away, the last shot across the square. One of the girls walking in Topless 4 noticed me and gave a smile....and thats the end of the story....... Street Photography never dies!

Topless 2


Topless 2, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Topless 3


Topless 3, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Topless 4


Topless 4, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Wednesday

Man on Haarlem


Man on Haarlem, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

I have come to the conclusion that I must Street Photograph the entire world polulation, one by one excluding anyone in prison for now! I have calculated that at this rate, It will take me 369 years and 4 months, give or take 7 hours. I will then start the Prison population portraits which will not take me as long because by then, most people whom I have already photographed will be in prison!!! This was a cool dude!! There we have it.

Monday

I wondered around...


I wondered around..., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

I wondered around all day...I had to kill some time...it was part sunny in the afternoon but freezing...I had nowhere else to go...nowhere else to be until midnight...I wanted to see her before I went...I had to see what he looked like before I went...I knew she wanted to see me too...did she really...I wasnt looking forward to the next day because I knew what had to happen...why did it HAVE to happen...why...maybe she could tell me...maybe she would know how to stop it...little did i know...little did I know...Little did I know...

She Asked...


She Asked..., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

She asked me...no, she "told" me to wait....wait & I will be there...dont leave, I must see you...I must tell you...I need to tell you & you need to know she said & then she hung up...It was 5 minutes past midnight... it was -18C & getting colder. I waited until 3.15am...I didnt even put my new hat one so she could regognize me easily...we had spoken about 30 times but this was the first time she had agreed & told me we must meet...the hot dog man was wondering why i was still there when he left...where was she...what happened to her...why didnt she call...why wouldnt she answer my calls...what was she doing there with him...why with him...

First Glace...


First Glace..., originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

This is the first time I saw him! I was on the 6th floor. I thought he would be of a bigger build. I had heard about his attitude before. He walked very slowly....it must be -17C. The car stopped & he got in.....I had to rush....

Friday

Lewis Mendez


Lewis Mendez 1, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.

Lewis Mendez: He's been taking Street portraits with a Speed Graphic since 67 and now with a polaroid Back & Metz. Whilst I was with him, a young man in his 20\'s passing us by asked Lewis if we wanted to sell his camera. Lewis asked the boy: How Much U Got!! 11 Bucks said the boy. Lewis replied: Add another 1100 & we might have a deal!! the boy smiles & said, thats ok, I just wondered if you knew what you had in your hands!!! He took my Portraite, signed it and gave it to me. I took a look at the lens and said: you know thsi lens could do with a clean! Looks like its never been cleaned Lewis!! He replied, Thats ok...It adds Atmosphere to teh picture!! Lewis is an old timer & a gent. God Bless. A REAL Street Photographer.

Thursday

Oh...Man...


IMG_2000, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.


4 months after the first time I met him on Carlton, I saw him again on Queen St West.....do you remember me I asked?? Oh yeah....But I'm not sure if he really did.... Whats happened to your leg I asked!? Oh man...I've been through a lot.........

The Man on Yonge....


IMG_2008, originally uploaded by johnny mobasher.



The Devil's Look..... How would you like to take this man home to meet your mum!!??